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Braves release reliever Jonny Venters
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Braves have released reliever Jonny Venters on Friday.

Venters had his third Tommy John surgery in August. At the time of the surgery, Venters said he would try to make a comeback. He was designated for assignment by the club Wednesday. 

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Royals continue to be in contact with Torii Hunter
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Royals continue to remain in contact with outfielder Torii Hunter, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hunter would take the place of Norichika Aoki in left. The 39-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats. 

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Report: Red Sox could be in the lead for Pablo Sandoval
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Red Sox may be in the lead for infielder Pablo Sandoval , according to the Boston Globe

The team is believed to have offered a five-year, $95 million deal to the 28-year-old. It was reported early in Sandoval's free agency that he was seeking a six-year contract, and it's unclear if any of his current offers contain an option for a sixth season. Sandoval hit .279/.324/.415 over 588 at-bats.

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Padres expected to meet with Yasmany Tomas
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Padres are expected to meet with Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas Saturday, according to MLB.com.

General manager A.J. Preller is expected to fly to the Dominican Republic Saturday in order to meet with Tomas' agent. The 24-year-old Tomas is known for his power potential, and the Padres are said to be seeking big bats. 

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White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The White Sox have signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million deal, according to the USA Today. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the move.

The 35-year-old LaRoche hit .259/.362/.455 over 494 at-bats with Washington last season. LaRoche will likely split time at first and serve as the designated hitter with his new club. 

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Dodgers' Matt Kemp drawing plenty of interest
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is drawing plenty of interest on the trade market, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The club is hesitant to deal Kemp, though a trade is possible. Kemp had an up-and-down season with Los Angeles in 2014. He started slowly after coming back from a leg injury, and was initially upset when moved out of center. Things turned in the second half, and Kemp finished with a .287/.346/.506 slash line. The Orioles, Mariners and Blue Jays could all have interest, according to Heyman.

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Rockies still interested in bringing back Brett Anderson
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Rockies are interested in bringing back pitcher Brett Anderson, according to the Denver Post

The team is hoping Anderson will take a pay cut to re-sign with the club. Anderson posted a 2.91 ERA over 43 1/3 innings before undergoing back surgery. 

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Orioles, Giants in on Torii Hunter
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Orioles and Giants are considering outfielder Torii Hunter, according to ESPN.

Hunter is on the back-burner for both clubs. He's an option for those clubs if other things fall through. The 39-year-old hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats last year.

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Report: Jon Lester expected to meet with two other teams
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Athletics pitcher Jon Lester is expected to meet with at least two other teams next week, according to WEEI.

Lester has already met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. The identity of the other two teams is unknown at this time. Lester posted a 2.46 ERA over 219 2/3 innings last year. 

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Indians' Giovanny Urshela will not require surgery
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Indians infielder Giovanny Urshela will not require surgery on his knee, according to MLB.com.

Urshela sprained his PCL, but the injury isn't as serious as expected. He should be ready to go for the start of 2015. 

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